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Scientists Grow Teeny Tiny Testicles in Laboratory

Scientists Grow Teeny Tiny Testicles in Laboratory

Image by Getty / Futurism Good news for bad nuts: scientists have succeeded in growing itty bitty testicle organoids in a lab. In a press release, Israel’s Bar-Ilan University announced that its researchers had successfully grown artificial testes from mice cells in a petri dish, in a development that could be used to help treat human male infertility in the future. As microscopic close-ups of the organoids show, they clearly have formed the basic structures of testes, including the tubules through which sperm passes and the general oblong outline of the real thing, too. “Lab-Grown Testicles Created In Male Fertility Breakthrough” No images and no further comment. “Hunny look what I made in the lab…” Article:https://t.co/rArj0BZxpK — Brian Roemmele (@BrianRoemmele) February 21, 2024 Though this is not the first time scientists have managed to grow testicles in the lab — it’s happened at least once, when American scientists created a testosterone-producing pair using human stem cells in 2015 to help soldiers whose gonads were injured in combat — this latest success could offer a boon …

Passengers Alarmed to See Plane Wing Falling Apart in Mid-Air

Passengers Alarmed to See Plane Wing Falling Apart in Mid-Air

“How panicked should I be?” Hashtag Receipts Another day, another freak incident on a plane — and this time, there’s footage. As NBC 10 Boston reports, passenger Kevin Clarke said he was “kind of sleepy” when the pilot of the Boeing 757 on which he was riding appeared near his seat about 45 minutes into their flight from San Francisco to Boston. “I wasn’t paying much attention at that point,” Clarke told the local news station, “but then [the pilot] goes back to the cockpit and he comes on the PA and says, ‘We’ve discovered we have some damage on one of the front flaps and we’re going to divert to Denver and put you all in a different plane.’” It was during that emergency landing that the man filmed a video of the problem, which was later shared in a public Facebook post by his wife: part of the wing had somehow been torn up and could be seen visibly flapping. A United flight from San Francisco to Boston had to be diverted to Denver …

Too Much Protein Actually Damages Your Arteries, Scientists Find

Too Much Protein Actually Damages Your Arteries, Scientists Find

Image by Getty / Futurism Meat enthusiasts are screaming “Where’s the beef?” after a new study came out in Nature Metabolism that suggests that eating excessive amounts of protein is bad for your arteries. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine came to this conclusion after they analyzed biological data from human participants who ate protein, in addition to studying cellular behavior in petri dishes.  They found that eating over 22 percent of daily dietary calories from protein can activate macrophages, a type of immune cell, to increase the process of atherosclerosis, which is the hardening of arteries due to build up of cholesterol and fat in your artery walls. Atherosclerosis is bad because it can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Macrophages play a key roll in the formation of artery plaque. Researchers also found that a particular amino acid, leucine, “as the key activator” for the immune cell-to-atherosclerosis pathway. “Our study shows that dialing up your protein intake in pursuit of better metabolic health is not a panacea,” said Pittsburgh professor of …

E-bike head trauma soars as helmet use falls, study finds : Shots

E-bike head trauma soars as helmet use falls, study finds : Shots

E-bike use is increasing quickly, but many people do not wear helmets. And head injuries from e-bike accidents are rising fast too, a study in JAMA Surgery shows. Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images E-bike use is increasing quickly, but many people do not wear helmets. And head injuries from e-bike accidents are rising fast too, a study in JAMA Surgery shows. Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images E-bike injuries have surged, sending thousands of Americans to hospitals in recent years, new research shows. Electronic bicycle accidents were particularly hard on riders’ heads, especially the majority of those injured who didn’t wear helmets. Helmet use declined by almost 6 percent each year between 2017 and 2022, while the number of e-bike riders with head trauma seeking hospital care shot up 49 fold to nearly 8,000 in 2022, according to research published in JAMA Surgery on Wednesday. “It’s a really significant public health problem,” said Dr. Laura Goodman, a pediatric surgeon and trauma medical director of the Children’s Hospital …

Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Photos: Two Years of War in Ukraine

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Although the Russian military initially made broad advances into the country beginning on February 24, 2022, Ukrainian forces, backed by Western support, resisted fiercely, forcing Russia to pull back into eastern and southern Ukraine. Soon, front lines hundreds of miles long were established, and the war evolved into a long and punishing battle of artillery, drones, and close combat across trenches, shattered forests, and ruined villages. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians have been killed or injured in the conflict. As Russia continues to launch missiles into all parts of Ukraine and presses forward with ground attacks across the front line, Ukrainian forces face intensifying shortages of manpower and ammunition. Gathered below are images from recent months, showing a region reshaped by two years of war. Source link

A New Spin on the Coen Brothers Formula

A New Spin on the Coen Brothers Formula

Drive-Away Dolls is a zany comedy with an unapologetically sexy edge. Focus Features February 21, 2024, 1 PM ET It’s still a mystery why the Coen brothers stopped working together. The pair made 18 movies as a duo, from 1984’s Blood Simple to 2018’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, setting a new standard for black comedy in American cinema. None of those movies was flatly bad (although The Ladykillers comes close, I don’t mind it); many of them were masterpieces. Then, a few years ago, they split up—allegedly, Ethan Coen had grown tired of the grind, though neither of them ever spoke about it on the record. Without him, Joel Coen made a visually striking, emotionally austere Macbeth adaptation. Now, with his new movie, Drive-Away Dolls, Ethan has made a gonzo comedy about dopes with guns chasing cheerful fools around dingy American motels in pursuit of a meaningless bag of loot. In other words, it’s a recognizable yet new spin on the ineffable Coens formula. Drive-Away Dolls, which Ethan wrote with his wife, Tricia Cooke, …

“But it’s not true!”: CNN reporter confronts Jim Jordan over indicted informant’s debunked claims

“But it’s not true!”: CNN reporter confronts Jim Jordan over indicted informant’s debunked claims

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, denied the questionable nature of a key piece of evidence in his investigation of President Joe Biden when confronted by CNN reporter Manu Raju on Wednesday. Ex-FBI informant Alexander Smirnov was indicted last week for allegedly falsifying bribery claims against the Biden family, after sharing intel with agents years ago that President Biden and his son Hunter sought multi-million dollar bribes from a Ukrainian energy company, according to The New York Times. Smirnov claimed that funds were in exchange for protection against a probe into the company by the country’s prosecutor general at the time. He also admitted that “officials associated with Russian intelligence” were involved in advancing the phony allegations against Hunter Biden, per The Washington Post.  Jordan during the exchange with Raju claimed that Smirnov being charged “doesn’t change the four fundamental facts.” “Hunter Biden was put on the board of Burisma and gets paid a million dollars a year. Fact number two, he’s not qualified to be on the board. He said so himself in an interview with, I don’t know, you …

An AI Site Ripped Off Our Reporting About AI Ripoffs

An AI Site Ripped Off Our Reporting About AI Ripoffs

Today in AI ouroboros vertigo: our reporting about AI rip-offs was ripped off by a spammy AI site. In November, we published a story revealing that the legacy American magazine Sports Illustrated had published articles bylined by fake, AI-generated authors. Afterward, on a platform dubbed “Toolify.ai,” an outfit called “Curiosity” published two separate AI-generated articles — one titled “The Controversy of AI-Generated Authors: Sports Illustrated’s Shocking Revelation,” the other titled “The Scandal Unveiled: AI-Generated Authors Exposed in Sports Illustrated” — rehashing our report’s findings without credit. “This article delves into the controversy surrounding AI-generated authors and explores the case of Sports Illustrated, a renowned magazine,” reads one of the posts, “where AI-generated authors were published without disclosure or acknowledgment.” The creators of these articles even threw in an accompanying YouTube video in which a tinny, seemingly AI-generated voice reads our reporting word-for-word. (The YouTube account is just a plagiarism engine that’s verbatim-copied many Futurism articles.) And speaking of publishing things without disclosure or acknowledgment: Futurism is never named nor linked to in either article. We are mentioned …

Seven Books for When Words Aren’t Enough

Seven Books for When Words Aren’t Enough

The very first stories humans ever recorded were built not of words, but of images: drawn in caves, mapped out in constellations, rendered through sculpture. Even after the development of written language, storytelling with images remained crucial. This focus on the visual can be seen in the early days of bookmaking, for example, in illuminated manuscripts and ornately painted religious texts. Today’s graphic novels look back to this early lineage. They create a dialogue between text and image; in the best examples, the mediums cooperate and overlap to create a fuller, richer work. Many modern illustrated books, such as mainstream superhero comics and manga, are created in partnerships and teams, with the story and drawings done by different people. But here I’ve focused on books that come from a single mind and hand, which is to me where the form is most exciting. The seven books below represent a wide range of writing and art styles—outlandish caricature and precise, realistic line work; satirical prose and devastating narratives; fiction and nonfiction. But each depends on a …

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders Are Teaming Up to Save AM Radio

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders Are Teaming Up to Save AM Radio

There is little love lost between Senator Ted Cruz and Representative Rashida Tlaib. She has called him a “dumbass” for his opposition to the Paris Climate Agreement; he has called her and her allies “shills for terrorists” on account of their support for Palestine. Lately, though, the right-wing Cruz and the left-wing Tlaib have found a cause they can both get behind: saving AM radio. In recent years, a number of carmakers—BMW, Volvo, Tesla—have stopped offering AM radio in at least some models, especially electric cars. The problem is that their motors cause electromagnetic interference on the same frequency bands in which AM radio operates, in some cases making the already fuzzy medium inaudible. Carmakers do have ways to filter out the interference, but they are costly and imperfect. All to maintain a format that is in decline anyway. AM radio was eclipsed by the superior-sounding FM in the late ’70s, and the century-old technology can seem akin to floppy disks in the age of Spotify and podcasts. According to Ford’s internal data gathered from …